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Could exposure to XMRV or XMLV's in vaccines trigger an auto immune response to ERV's

Discussion in 'XMRV Research and Replication Studies' started by currer, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. currer

    currer Senior Member

    I came across this paper today and it just crossed my mind that perhaps exposure to tiny amounts of XMLV's in vaccines could trigger an auto-immune disease, because our own ERV's are similar enough to be mistaken for the antigens and other agents in the triggering vaccine.
    Perhaps Judy Mikovits antibodies to HGRVs are really autoimmune antibodies?

    Has this possibility ever been discussed?

    The potential role of endogenous retroviruses in autoimmunity. Nakagawa.

    The paper is from 1996. So prior to the WPIs discovery.
    So this paper cannot be an attempt at a cover-up by substituting ERVs for XMRV.
  2. ukxmrv

    ukxmrv Senior Member


    Greg Towers was arguing that the antibodies reported as being to XMRV could be antibodies to something else.

    I'm not sure about the vaccines triggering as per your theory though. Will have a look and see if I can find anything similar.

    The question of
    antibodies is also a good one. Unfortunately antibodies are not necessarily
    as specific as many people think. When people are sick they make antibodies
    that recognise a variety of antigens that are not necessarily directed
    against the pathogen. Finding antibodies against a virus like XMRV is far
    from proof that the person is infected. We imagine that the tests were
    contaminated, not the person, and that the antibodies are a result of being

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